Jerry Vergara Cevallos
Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr.
Alejandro Londoño Montoya
Juan De Ferrari Montoya
Cultura Tres is a band with a history of defiance and perseverance that started more than a decade ago in the small town of Maracay, Venezuela.
The band had been until then a DIY powerhouse steadily gaining the respect in the South-American sludge-doom scene.
During the sludge-doom era of the band, guitarist brothers Alejandro and Juanma Montoya brought out a number of independent releases, but despite various musical highlights such as touring Europe, Japan and South-America or being declared “Discovery of the month” by Metal Hammer UK, the early aspirations of the Montoyas lacked the resources and team members to reach the next level. Financial challenges and even personal tragedy would eventually led to years of silence to the their musical output.
The early efforts of the brothers did not go go totally unnoticed by recognised musicians and publications though. Cultura Tres was mentioned and featured despite its unsigned status. Magazines such as; Burrn (Japan), Decibel (USA) praised the band’s originality and it was not unusual to see famous musicians wearing Cultura Tres t-shirts on stage.
Noticing the prevalent interest in the rarity of these early DIY releases, the Montoyas re-gained the energy to ignite a new Cultura Tres, this time within a team with similar aspirations, and with a renewed artistic vision—a new vision of what South-American heavy music should sound like.
In 2019 after hearing about the plans for a new Cultura Tres, old friend Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr. (bass player of the almighty Sepultura), surprised the brothers by offering to join in.
And who better than Paulo to help shape a sound representing South-American metal? Alejandro and Juanma were honoured and happy to welcome him on board.
Soon after, the first demo sessions took place in a studio in Amsterdam where the three musicians explored new ideas and found a musical common ground. The resulting style retained elements of the psychedelic-sludgy past, but incorporated the groove of a more metal oriented vibe that Paulo brought in with his Sepultura influence.
After these sessions it became clear that the 4th member of the band had to be not only skilled but also familiar with South-American grooves. Since the driving force behind Cultura Tres was now friendship and artistic view, it made Jerry Vergara Cevallos an obvious choice. Jerry, a Venezuelan-Colombian drummer and close friend, was an exceptional performer who shared the same obsession with creating metal with a new twist. He was delighted with the demos and joined immediately.
Over the the following three years, despite of the pandemic, Cultura Tres delved deep into the making of the album “Camino de Brujos” (Trail of Witches), an album that explores new and old musical textures—a fusion of thrash-metal power, the eeriness of sludge, and the melancholic feel of classic rock. This was all captured through organic and realistic recordings, evoking the way heavy rock sounded before “overproducing” became a thing.
“Camino de Brujos” was released in 2023 through Outono / Universal Music Group in the Americas and in the rest of the world through AJM / Bloodblast.
The record has been praised by the media for its darkness, heaviness and beauty.
After a successful touring kickstart in late 2023, Cultura Tres will hit the road again in 2024 and is set to perform in major festivals both in South America and Europe. Don’t miss the chance to witness one of the most powerful metal bands from Latin America live in action.